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Jared Kushner defends not telling FBI about Trump Tower meeting

​Top White House adviser Jared Kushner lashed out at people playing “Monday morning quarterback” who criticized him for not reporting to the FBI a meeting he had with a Kremlin-connected lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016.

“Let me put you in my shoes at that time. OK, I’m running three companies, I’m helping run the campaign​,” Kushner told Axios in an interview that aired Sunday. “I get an email that says show up at 4 instead of 3 to a meeting that I had been told about earlier that I didn’t know what the hell it was about.”

Kushner, who’s married to President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, said he stayed at the June 2016 meeting for about 15 minutes, describing it as a “clown show.”​

​”I never would have thought about that meeting again. ​Had there been something that ​actually was nefarious at that meeting that came up,​ ​maybe we would have done ​something different​,” he continued. “In reality, the meeting was a total waste of time.​”

Axios’ reporter Jonathan Swan asked Kushner why he didn’t pick up the phone and contact the FBI after receiving an email that had Russia in the subject line.

​”​We’re in a place now where people are playing ​M​onday morning quarterback and they’re being so self-righteous​,” Kushner responded.​

He was asked how he would respond if it came up again.

“I don’t know. It’s hard to do ​hypotheticals, but the reality is that we were not given anything that was salacious​,” he said.

Kushner was among several campaign advisers — including Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — who met with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

​Veselnitskaya promised ​she had dirt on Hillary Clinton that would harm her presidential campaign.

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